Singapore Muslim community extends aid, educational opportunities to Syrian refugees

Syrian children play cards at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Ain Issa, housing people who fled the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa.
Syrian children play cards at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Ain Issa, housing people who fled the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE- The Singapore Muslim community is contributing $342,569 to help Syrian refugees living in refugee camps and dwellings located in Jordan and Lebanon, announced the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF) in a statement on Sunday (March 26).

"With severe winter conditions enveloping the region, mosques in Singapore in collaboration with the RLAF had mounted an appeal for donations from the Singapore Muslim community to show our care and compassion towards the ongoing suffering of the Syrian refugees there," said the RLAF in its statement.

Donation boxes were placed at all 70 mosques from Feb 3 to Feb 9. Donations were also sought online.

The money will go towards enabling the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to extend gas supply to Syrian refugees in Al-Azraq camp in Jordan during winter.

It will also be used to support programmes to ensure that Syrian children in different parts of Lebanon have access to education .

"Through these programmes, (it is) hoped that children will be able to discover the joy of learning and that they will find new confidence after the ordeal they face as refugees," said RLAF in its media statement.

According to the statement, Jordan is hosting about 650,000 refugees while Lebanon is hosting more than a million.

More than four million Syrians have fled the country and sought refuge in other places such as Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt and in Europe. More than half are below 17 years of age, says the UNHCR.